Barded Turkey with Corn Bread Stuffing
As a newlywed, I didn't know much about roasting a turkey. Then our pastor, an excellent cook, told me about barding - placing or tying bacon on the turkey to prevent drying during roasting. The fat bastes the turkey while it cooks, keeping it moist and adding flavor.
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 4-1/2 hours + standing
Makes16 servings (12 cups stuffing)
- 3/4 pound Jones No Sugar Pork Sausage Roll sausage
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 package (14 ounces) crushed corn bread stuffing
- 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 to 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2-1/2 to 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 turkey (16 pounds)
- 1 pound sliced bacon, divided
- In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl; add the stuffing, apples, raisins, butter, poultry seasoning and pepper flakes. Add broth; toss to combine.
- Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Place several bacon strips over the turkey.
- Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1 hour; replace bacon with new bacon strips (discard cooked bacon or save for another use). Bake 3-1/2 to 4 hours longer or until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in center of stuffing and the thigh reaches at least 170°, replacing bacon each hour and basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
- Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. Remove bacon strips before serving.
Editor's Note: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.